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POTSKETCH 2014 EVENT & AUCTION
was on Saturday April 26

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2014 POTSKETCHES

Adrian Arleo

Montana
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Final Bid: $160.00



James Bailey

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00

Jennifer Bardsley

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00



Courtney Blazon

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Renée Brown

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Peter Callas

New Jersey
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Final Bid: $60.00



Susan Carlson

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Pamela Caughey

Montana
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Final Bid: $160.00


Eva Champagne & Brian Kakas

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Craig Clifford

Wisconsin
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Final Bid: $50.00



Sunshine Cobb

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Jennifer Combe

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Katie Coughlin

New York
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Final Bid: $50.00

Danny Crump

Ohio
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Final Bid: $50.00

Chris Dufala

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00

Donna Flanery

Florida
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Final Bid: $80.00

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Bobby Free

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

Mo Gary

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

George Gogas

Montana
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Final Bid: $130.00

Arthur Gonzalez

California
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Final Bid: $60.00

Mel Griffin

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Miriam Griffin

Montana
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Final Bid: $130.00

Matt Hamon

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

James Heath

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00

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Trey Hill

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

David Hiltner

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Nina Hole

Denmark
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Final Bid: $70.00


Sarahjess Hurt

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Alex Kraft

Georgia
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Final Bid: $50.00

Heidi Kreitchet

California
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Steven Krutek

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Dyna Kuehnle

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Debbie Kupinsky

Wisconsin
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Final Bid: $70.00

Trisha Kyner

Maryland
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Lady Pajama

Montana
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Jennifer Leutzinger

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Max Mahn

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Cathryn Mallory

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00

George McCauley

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Leann McClurg Cambric

Illinois
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Final Bid: $50.00

Jack Metcalf

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Ron Meyers

Georgia
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Final Bid: $70.00

Andrea Moon

Montana
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Courtney Murphy

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Richard Notkin

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00


Richard Notkin

Montana
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Final Bid: $130.00


Jill Oberman

Colorado
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Final Bid: $50.00

Larry Phan

Montana
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Josh Quick

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Jazmine Raymond

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Brandon Reintjes

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Richard Shaw

California
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Final Bid: $70.00

Richard Shaw

California
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Final Bid: $80.00


Karen Shimoda

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00

Jeffrey Sincich

Florida
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Final Bid: $50.00

David Scott Smith

Arkansas
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Final Bid: $70.00

David Scott Smith

Arkansas
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Final Bid: $80.00

Chad Steve

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00

Chad Steve

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Joshua Stover

Florida
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Final Bid: $50.00

Lee Stuurmans

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Monica Thompson

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Patricia Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Tim Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00

Phoebe Toland

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
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Final Bid: $140.00

Mikey Walsh

Louisiana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Mikey Walsh

Louisiana
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Final Bid: $50.00



Kurt Weiser

Arizona
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Final Bid: $110.00

Janet Whaley

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Rosalie Wynkoop

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00

Kensuke Yamada

Arkansas
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Final Bid: $100.00

Casey Zablocki

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

John Zimmerman

New Mexico
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Final Bid: $60.00

Lilly Zuckerman

Montana
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Live Auction

Bidding for the items below will take place at the Potsketch event on April 26.
If you cannot attend and are interested in placing a proxy bid, please contact us to make arrangements

Doug Baldwin

We're Back on the Woodtrain Again, Back Where a Friend is a Friend
Terracotta
25"x6"x4"

est value: $400
full donation

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Renée Brown

Foliagite, Botryoidal Plumium, Sparkium
Porcelain, earthenware, glaze, multi- media
10"x6"x5"

est value: $1500
full donation

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Orville Chigbrow

Running Through
Paper clay
6.5"x7"x6.5"

est. value: $110

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Josh DeWeese

Vase
Salt/soda fired stoneware
7.5"x8"x7"

est value: $250
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Emily Free Wilson

Reflection Platter
Porcelain
3"x18"x18"

est value: $250
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Julia Galloway

Pitcher & Bowl
Porcelain
11"x8"x8"

est value: $180
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Mo Gary

Shelter
Woodfired stoneware and dogwood branch
14"x4"x4"

est value: $200
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Perry Haas

Moon Jar
Woodfired stoneware
17"x9"x9"

est value: $400

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Sarah Jaeger

Tureen
Porcelain
7"x12"x10"

est value $225
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Mike Kurz

Woodfired Bottle
Stoneware
14"x7"x7"

est value $150
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Clara Lanyi

Ewer
Soda fired porcelain
7"x5"x3"

est value $60
full donation

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Jayson Lawfer

Platter
Stoneware, glaze, enamels
16.5"x4"x4"

est value: $275
full donation

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Steve Young Lee

Vase
porcelain
9"x4"x4"

est value: $175
full donation

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Beth Lo

Treading Water
porcelain
8"x24"x2"

est value: $1200
full donation

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Phil Mahn

Large Jar
wood fired stoneware
27"x20"x20"

est. value: $1000
full donation

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George McCauley

Mizusashi
Anagama fired earthenware
7.5"x9"x9"

est value: $250
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Ryan Mitchell

Arrangement in White
Woodfired porcelain
23"x13"x8"

est value: $850

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Courtney Murphy

Jar
wheel thrown earthenware, slip, glaze
7.5"x9"x9"

est value: $245
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Carla Potter

Feet
porcelain
4"x8"x6"

est value: $200
full donation

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Alison Reintjes

Alison Reintjes

Asterisk
Slipcast ceramic
22"x22"x1"

est value: $450
full donation

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Richard Smith

Roots Platter
Cone 12 woodfired stoneware
19"x19"x3"

est value: $500
full donation

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Chad Steve

Electric?
Terracotta
14"x8"x8"

est valu: $175
full donation

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Shalene Valenzuela

Handbaggage: Strive for Perfection
Slipcast cone 6 Porcelain
6.5"x8"x2.5"

est valu: $500
full donation

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Janet Whaley

Tree of Life
Porcelain
1"x10"x10"

est value: $100
full donation

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Tara Wilson

Basket
Woodfired stoneware
16"x12"x12"

est value: $450
full donation

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Casey Zablocki

Vase #1
Woodfired stoneware
10"x9"x9"

est value: $275
full donation

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Lilly Zuckerman

Untitled
earthenware
7.5"x9"x9"

est value: $300
full donation

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Artist Bios

ADRIAN ARLEO

Adrian Arleo is a ceramic sculptor living outside Missoula, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Arleo was an Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1986-87, and at Sitka Center For Art and Ecology in 1987-88. For nearly thirty years, Arleo has focused her work on the human figure, often combining it with animal imagery, and other elements of the natural world. Some works allude to a relationship of understanding or connection between the human and animal realms. In others, human figures possess animal features in a way that reveals something hidden about the character or primal nature of the human.

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JAMES BAILEY

James Bailey holds a MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana, and continues his research into both traditional and experimental approaches in printmaking.  As an artist, James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 170 exhibitions and national print portfolios throughout the United States and abroad.  His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center and Sioux City Arts Center among others.

James has presented lectures and workshops through such venues as Frogman’s press, Split Rock Arts Program, Blanden Art Museum, Holter Art Museum, PABA Center, along with being a visiting artist at numerous institutions in addition to establishing Matrix Press at the University of Montana.

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DOUG BALDWIN

Doug Baldwin received his BA (1961) and MA (1965) from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. From 1969 to 2004 he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been exhibited internationally. Doug works as a Studio Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and has developed a body of his work into short movies.

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JENNIFER BARDSLEY

Jennifer Bardsley is a professional artist from Missoula, Montana, USA. She specializes in oil, watercolor paintings video installation and sculpture. Her subject matter includes wildlife, landscapes, still-life, flowers, figures, western scenes and abstract art work.

Jennifer has her BFA in painting from The University of Montana. She has exhibited her artwork across the US and abroad in Finland and New Zealand. Jennifer is passionate about the Arts serving on the board for the Clay Studio and loves teaching as well. She currently is the Art Teacher at Sussex School in Missoula.

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COURTNEY BLAZON

Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator residing in Missoula, MT. She has illustrated for various local and regional businesses and has had solo shows in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and Missoula, MT. She was one of the recipients of a Montana Arts Council Artist Innovation Award in 2011.

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RENÉE BROWN

Growing up in Conyers, Georgia, Renée Brown spent many summer days playing in the creek bed next to her home. Clay has always been under her nails. After a brief encounter with the ceramics program at the University of Georgia, she pursued her studies in interior design and experienced an ambitious early career as a commercial and residential designer. Unable to resist the call of clay, she began taking night classes in ceramics at an urban community clay center. At age 29, Renée left the design field to pursue her MFA in Ceramics at the University of North Texas. Upon receiving her degree, she completed several artist residencies in Montana including: The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, and The Clay Studio of Missoula. Renée has recently been recognized as one of NCECA’s 2014 emerging artists. She now maintains an independent studio in the Historic Brunswick Building in downtown Missoula, Montana.

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PETER CALLAS

For over three decades the process of wood firing ceramics has been the creative touchstone that changed the course of Peter's life. This blending of both historical references and contemporary intellectual values has galvanized the work and his aesthetic vision.

It is an arcane process; a collaborative vision that stirs up elusive and poetic forms through tactile, intuitive inflections and the kilns' subtle, broad color palette.

Artistically, Peter focuses on framing the unpredictable... intent on capturing gesture in form; melding abstract expressionist values with Ashen Glazed surfaces to communicate the mysterious sensibilities of nature on fire.

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SUSAN CARLSON

Missoula artist Susan Carlson lives at the Grass Valley end of Missoula with two horses, two dogs and her husband Garry. She came back to Montana from Gonzaga University to attend the University of Montana where she earned a BFA in painting. Since that time she has worked as a graphic designer, art director, educator, painter and ceramic artist. Recently her ceramic sculpture Field Trip was selected as part of this year's Beyond the Brickyard show at Archie Bray. Most weekdays you will find her working in the studio artist space at the Clay Studio of Misoula, creating and casting her spell in clay.

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PAMELA CAUGHEY

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, received her BS in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983, studied art in London in 1984 and moved to Hamilton, MT in 1986. She received her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Montana in 2010. Her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT and Missoula Art Museum. She is on the faculty of the Bitterroot College of the University of Montana in Hamilton, MT and teaches foundations courses in drawing, 2D Color and Design, and Sculpture. She will have an exhibition at the Missoula Art Museum in August, 2014.

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EVA CHAMPAGNE & BRIAN KAKAS

Eva Champagne grew up in Hong Kong, one of the great cultural melting pots of the world. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In 2009 she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at AIR Vallauris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Red Lodge Clay Center and The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, and most recently, in 2013, Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia. She has taught a number of ceramic topics including wheel throwing, handbuilding, cone 6 and cone 10 soda firing, and low-fire ceramic surface techniques. In 2012 she was invited to be visiting artist and adjunct instructor for the 2012-13 academic year at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida where she taught Drawing I and II, Painting I, and Understanding the Visual Arts. Her work is shown nationally and internationally, and is included in several permanent collections. currently she lives and works in Marquette, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior.

Brian Kakas is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Northern Michigan University. He received his MFA in ceramics from The University of Notre Dame in 2007. He has also studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Montana, where received his BFA. In 2002, Kakas was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation. He has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions in China, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Romania and the United States. He was awarded the Silver Prize at the 5th Korean World Ceramic Biennale at the World Exposition Ceramic Center in 2009. In 2011, he was a Demonstrator at the 45th National Council of Education on the Ceramic Arts Conference in addition to being a resident artist at the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon. Recently, Kakas exhibited at the 1st Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Arts Exhibition in China and the Cluj International Ceramic Biennale held in Romania.

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ORVILLE CHIGBROW

Orville Chigbrow received a BA in Anthropology in 1974. He has lived in eight different countries and traveled to dozens more. He returned to Missoula in 2000 and earned his MFA in Ceramics in 2006. Orville’s interest in the ancient ruins, shards, and artifacts of each place his lived and visited has been a strong influence on his process and the look and feel of each piece he creates. His work has exhibited nationally and in Germany. He has work in many private collections as well as the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s permanent collection. He has also contributed to auctions for the Missoula Art Museum as well as the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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CRAIG CLIFFORD

Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as exhibitions at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pewabic Pottery in Detroit Michigan and the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. In the summer of 2011 he was an artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana and in the summer of 2012 at the Alpena Wildlife Reserve in Alpena Michigan.This year he had solo exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks and Valley City University North Dakota . He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, and Mississippi Valley State University and is currently an Assistant Professor and head of the ceramics department, at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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SUNSHINE COBB

After a short stint at Chico State University, California, Sunshine Cobb went on to graduate with a BA in Studio Art from Califrnia State University at Sacramento, in 2004. Ceramics has been the major influence in her life for 15 years now. She has done everything from 8-day anagama wood firings to slip casting ornament’s. She is focusing on functional ware, embracing the richness of earthenware and exploring the challenge of electric firing. She graduated from Utah State University with her MFA in Ceramics. She is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation and chosen as one of 2013 NCECA Emerging Artist.

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JENNIFER COMBE

Jennifer Combe is a painter and educator. From 1997 - 2011 she taught K-3 multi-age general education and K-12 visual art for Washington State Public Schools. She is an active member of The Caucus of Social Theory in Art Education and oversees their corresponding open-source portfolio with the National Art Education Association. Her visual work has been exhibited nationally in venues including galleries, homes, state buildings, restaurants, bookstores, LGBTQ festivals, and colleges.

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KATIE COUGHLIN

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Katie received her BFA from Alfred University in 2010. That following summer, she had the opportunity to continue her learning through interning at Anderson Ranch. In 2011, she became the pottery studio manager at The Canvas in Juneau, Alaska. From 2011-2012, Katie had the wonderful privilege of being a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center, in Montana, which led to the west stealing her heart.

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DANNY CRUMP

Danny Crump has completed artist residencies in China, New Zealand and the US including a two-year wood fire residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. He holds a BFA from Utah State University, and studied porcelain at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Danny is currently a graduate student in the ceramics program at Ohio University in Athens, OH.

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JOSH DEWEESE

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have recently built a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

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CHRIS DUFALA

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Chris Dufala received his BFA in Ceramics from Rowan University and his MFA in Spatial Arts/Ceramics at San Jose State University. Chris has exhibited work nationally and abroad in group and solo exhibitions, been an Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio of Missoula and Osage Artists Community, and is currently in a long-term residency at The Archie Bray Foundation. He has lectured, led visiting artist demonstrations, and instructed as adjunct faculty at several institutions including: Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia, and Western Michigan University. Chris' studio practice involves ceramic sculpture, works on paper, and the investigation of the ceramic monotype.

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DONNA FLANERY

Donna Flanery received a MFA from the University of Florida, 2013. She received her BFA in 2005 from the University of Montana and an AA from The College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Between academic endeavors she has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation (2007-2009), The Clay Studio of Missoula (2010, 2011), The Northern Clay Center (2006-2007) and The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai (2009-2010) and The Zentrum, Berlin (June 2013).

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BOBBY FREE

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Bobby grew up in the southwestern region of Oregon. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah in Logan, Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2010.

Bobby lived in Helena, Montana, working as a production potter for Free Ceramics and was an artist in residence at the Sonoma Community Center in California before participating in a short term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula in 2013. He is currently the studio manager of the Ceramics Studio at AMOCA in Pomona, CA.

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EMILY FREE WILSON

Emily Free Wilson is originally from Roseburg, Oregon and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin in 2001. She makes porcelain pottery through her family business, Free Ceramics in Helena, Montana.

In addition to working with clay, Emily is the gallery director at the Archie Bray Foundation. The fall of 2011 she was a visiting artist at Pottery Northwest. Emily loves to create whimsical fun pieces that encourage smiles, joy and imagination.

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STEPHANIE J. FROSTAD

Stephanie J. Frostad studied at Studio Art Center International in Italy, The Maryland Institute (BFA 1990) and The University of Montana (MFA 1994). Represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, she has exhibited nationally and abroad in Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Frostad now makes her home in Missoula.

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JULIA GALLOWAY

Julia Galloway has exhibited across the United States and Canada, and she has demonstrated at the NCECA and the Utilitarian Clay Conferences. Her work can be found in the collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art in CA, the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC , the Huntington Museum of Art in WV, the Archie Bray Foundation in MT, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

For nine years Galloway taught at the School for American Crafts at RIT. She currently lives in Missoula, where she is a Professor of Ceramics and Director of the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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MO GARY

Gardening and art are her passions. Thirty years ago she started growing vegetables, making pottery and weaving baskets. Dirt, clay and plants consumed her as they kept her in the natural world. Mo has to have flowers with her always. Wood firing clay drives her wild. Mo’s work is diverse, organic, intricate and personal. She can’t keep her hands off of it. It speaks of growth and bloom.

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BEV BECK GLUECKERT

Bev Beck Glueckert is a working artist and art educator in Missoula, MT. She holds a BA in Art from The University of Idaho, and an MFA in printmaking from The University of Montana. She has been teaching classes and workshops for adults and children for over 20 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana, and The University of Great Falls. She is a member of the Montana Artists Caravan and the SALTMINE artists group. Bev is working towards an upcoming summer exhibition at Turman-Larison Contemporary in Helena.

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STEPHEN GLUECKERT

Stephen Glueckert is a sculptor and mixed media artist living in Missoula. He holds a BFA in Art from The University of Idaho and an MA in Art Education from Western Washington University. His work has been widely exhibited throughout the Northwestern U.S., as well as nationally. Steve is currently included in a group invitational exhibition at Yellowstone Art Museum- “Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism”. He also works as an art exhibitions curator.

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GEORGE GOGAS

George Gogas is a full time artist and painter currently residing in Missoula, MT. He received a BA at the University of Montana in 1951 and an MFA from the University of Washington in 1955. George was an Art Instructor at Missoula County High School from 1957-1985.

His work is featured in numerous collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, the University of Montana, the Missoula Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, the Holter Museum, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Booth western Art Museum and 1st Interstate Bank.

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ARTHUR GONZÁLEZ

Dark, somber and foreboding, Arthur González’s works encourage serious deliberation and reflection on the relationship between personal concerns and world issues. Raw in form, lacking in smoothness and rough in finish, the ceramic sculptures give glimpses of a conversation or a contemplation in progress. González’s creations of ceramic and found objects reveal visions and feelings that are not polished but ongoing processes of gyrating thoughts and churning emotions that threaten to erupt into reality and consciousness to defy the fantasy of a peaceful experience.

Arthur González received his Masters of Fine Arts degree at University of California, Davis in 1981 under Robert Arneson and Manuel Neri. He is an internationally exhibited artist with over thirty-five one-person shows in the last twenty-five years, including seven in New York City. He has received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts Grant within a ten-year period. He is a Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC).

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MEL GRIFFIN

Mel Griffin received her BA from Carleton College in 2001 and her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2011. For several years, she worked in the outdoor industry as an educator and guide, traveling and leading trips all over the United States and South America. In 2003 she began her artistic career, working as an apprentice for potters Doug Browe and Jan Hoyman in Ukiah, California. She has since been a resident artist at Medalta International in Alberta, Canada, a visiting professor at Saint Johnís University in Collegeville, MN, and won the 2011 Leap Award from the Society of Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA. Mel is currently a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, and was named one as of the NCECA 2014 Emerging Artists.

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MIRIAM GRIFFIN

Miriam Griffin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a BFA degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. She has an Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and has also studied at the University of Tennessee, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She has received several scholarships to attend workshops at Penland School of Crafts, and has participated in residency programs at The Clay Studio of Missoula and at Medalta (Medicine Hat, Alberta, CA). She is currently an intern at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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PERRY HAAS

Perry has been working in ceramics since 2003. He holds a BFA in ceramics from Utah State University. Ceramics has taken him to China and Korea, where he spent his time studying their unique ceramics history and processes. His work consists of functional wood fired ceramics. From 2011-2013, Perry was the long term Woodfire Resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and is currently a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center.

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MATT HAMON

Matt Hamon hails from a small, remote town in Northern California. A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry. Self-described as 'post-rural', Matt’s creative endeavors take many forms, as he is un-prejudiced in his choice of media, embracing anything from drawing and painting to photography and video. His work can involve a single medium or a combination of several disparate techniques. The technique that is adopted simply needs to be the best method to represent a particular idea.

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CLARE ANN HARFF

Clare Ann Harff is one of the founding members of the Clay Studio of Missoula. currently, she is a full time potter living in Corvalis, MT.

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JIM HEATH

Originally from Butte, MT, Jim Heath has lived in Missoula since 1982. He graduated from The University of Montana, Missoula, in 2013, with a BFA specializing in ceramics. His passionate relationship with clay began in 1999, at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Jim’s involvement in the ceramic arts has grown with the Clay Studio. He has served on the Clay Studio Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently the president.

Jim's first undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering and he spent 28 years working in industry. His reflections on chemical processes are often incorporated into his work

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TREY HILL

Trey Hill is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Montana. In addition to teaching, Trey has traveled and worked at many different residencies, including two years as a Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, and at the LH Project in Joseph, OR. His international experienced includes time spent in Latvia building a public commission and also China, where he created work at the Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping.

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DAVID HILTNER

David Hiltner is currently the Executive Director of Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. In the summer of 2005 David and his family moved to Montana to establish the Red Lodge Clay Center. Prior to moving to Red Lodge, David was an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Before joining the faculty at Wichita State University in 1999, he taught at Syracuse University, Northwest College and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He received his B.F.A. in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 1993 and completed his M.F.A. at Syracuse University in 1997.

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MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner scours antique shops and yard sales for old embroidery. Inspired by the images of animated vegetables and all too cute oversized puppies and kittens, she combines this found embroidery with her own to depict sweet, strange and sometimes unsettling stories. Her images at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. Sometimes it's a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an otherworldlyness hidden in the everyday.

Maggy grew up in suburban Pennsylvania. After serving as her high school mascot, Rowdy Ram, she went on to earn a degree in sculpture from Syracuse University. She and her husband, David, moved to Red Lodge in 2005 to open the Red Lodge Clay Center. They live/garden/make stuff/play with their two young daughters, a dog, two guinea pigs, four chickens and several goldfish.

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NINA HOLE

Nina Hole, born in Denmark, trained at the Art and Craft School in Copenhagen and at Fredonia State University in New York. She is cofounder of the ceramic museum “Grimmerhus” and International Ceramic Centre Guldagergaard were she serves on the board of directors. Nina’s work links the American and Danish ceramic traditions. With its free expressive style, indicative of her years as a student in the US, her work represents a unique international Current in the Danish ceramic tradition—a tradition firmly based on form and function. Nina calls herself a “clay architect”. In recent years she has become best known for her monumental fire sculptures.

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SARAHJESS HURT

Sarahjess Hurt was born in Atlanta, and grew up in Canton, Georgia. She received her BFA from Georgia State University in 2008 and her MFA from University of Montana in 2012. Sarajess has taught at University of Montana-Western and is currently an intern at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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SARAH JAEGER

Sarah Jaeger is a studio potter in Helena, Montana. She received a BA (in English literature) from Harvard and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1985 - 1987 and the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Montana Arts Council. She was a United States Artists Target Fellow in 2006, and in the spring of 2007 she was one of the artists profiled in the PBS documentary Craft in America. She has taught at Pomona College, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has given workshops at schools and art centers nationally. Her work is in public and private collections and, most importantly, in many kitchens throughout the country.

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ALEX KRAFT

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Alex Kraft received her BFA in ceramics and her BS in art education from Northern Arizona University in 2002. Since completing her MFA in 2006 from the University of Montana, she has exhibited nationally and internationally and participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs including at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Clay Studio of Missoula, Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Kiln God resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Red Lodge Clay Center. She is a practicing studio artist and teaches at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.

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HEIDI KREITCHET

At Northern Arizona University’s art program under the direction of ceramic wizard, Don Bendel, and Jason Hess, Kreitchet explored wood firing for five years. She also credits the influence of Paula Rice, Ellen Tibbets, and Ted Adler who encouraged her to experiment in all areas of ceramics.After graduation, Kreitchet was fortunate to assist renowned ceramic artist Don Reitz. During the two year assistantship in Clarkdale, Arizona, working and living on "the ranch" was a challenging experience for Kreitchet--physically, mentally, and spiritually. By watching and absorbing Reitz’s skillful techniques with hand building, Kreitchet was inspired to push her own ideas with clay.

In 2006, Kreitchet joined the Masters of Fine Arts program at Utah State University under the guidance of John Neely and Dan Murphy. At USU, Kreitchet continued to pursue woodfire and her ceramic muse. She received her MFA in May of 2009.

currently, Kreitchet is living and working in Pomona, CA. She is the studio director at The Ceramics Studio located at American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA).

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STEVEN KRUTEK

Steven Krutek studied art at Colorado College, the University of Montana, SALT Institute for Documentary Field Studies, and with photographer Stuart Klipper.

Steven teaches at the University of Montana. He has exhibited work throughout the Inland Northwest and recently exhibited work in Tokyo at the Ricoh RING CUBE gallery. Steven was selected to present work at the Society for Photographic Education’s 43rd national conference in Chicago. Steven’s work has also recently been selected as the cover image for a collection of poems, Earth Again by Chris Dombrowski, published by Wayne State University Press.

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DYNA KUEHNLE

Dyna Kuehnle is a sculptor who now lives and works in Hot Springs, Montana. She received her MFA from the University of Montana in 1997. Dyna’s work has always been about permanence/impermanence. Most of her work is heavy and often involves metal, so she loves the lightness of doing the Potsketch every year, when her "sketches" are a salute to the arrival of spring.

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DEBBIE KUPINSKY

Debbie Kupinsky received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from Louisiana State University. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN, California State University Long Beach and she will be a resident in the Arts in Industry program in the fall at Kohler. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art and The Archie Bray Foundation and has been featured in publications as well as international and national exhibitions. She has been included in exhibitions at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and the Red Lodge Clay Center. She is currently teaching ceramics and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin where she maintains a studio.

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MIKE KURZ

After completing his MFA at The University of Montana in 1998, Mike was fortunate to be invited by Clare Ann and Rob to get the Clay Studio of Missoula up and running. Early on he taught a few adult classes and helped organize the shop. As the years went by, he was involved in countless roles, from bookkeeper and clay mixer, to exhibition curator and board president. Mike taught classes and ordered materials, mopped floors and hosted residents. Not all fun, but ALWAYS rewarding; to participate in an organization that brings joy and a sense of community to so many people.

When asked about the studio's ongoing success, he said, "I'm gratified to see our function expanding; that we’ve maintained relevance."

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TRISHA KYNER

Trisha Kyner has been awarded solo exhibitions at Baltimore Clayworks and Artemisia Gallery in Chicago. She teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art and the Community College of Baltimore County. Her work has been shown at venues such as Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, NCECA (2009 and 2010), and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, India. She is a past recipient of the Watershed Kiln God fellowship and twice been a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. In addition to her individual work, Trisha is a founder of the collaborative public sculpture group, Grendel’s Mother.

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LADYPAJAMA

Ladypajama is a local Missoula legend. When she isnít making art she is writing or playing crazy with her son Jorge.

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CLARA LANYI

After receiving a BA in Fine Arts from UCSC, Clara Lanyi discovered ceramics at Cabrillo College. She studied at CCAC (now CCA) in Oakland, CA, and went on to earn her BFA at Alfred University SUNY College of Ceramics and MFA in Ceramics at CU Boulder. Clara is currently living in Chinle, Arizona on the Najavo Nation. Clara was a short term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula in February-March 2014.

Twenty years after receiving her MFA in ceramic sculpture, Clara learned how to throw on the wheel. While her kitchen was stocked with other potters pots, she found an unexpected gratification in people being able to take her own pieces home and use them. She has become increasingly interested in the issues that arise when handmade items and craft tradition intersect with modern life. Clara is currently residing in an impoverished rural area classified as a food desert. Here, by proximity, she has become highly aware of the politics of food. She is engaged in making tableware and the experience has shaped the approach to her most recent work.

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is a potter and director of an online art gallery and art consulting business, The Nevica Project. After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed an artist residency at Guldagergard in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation, A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France, and Lillstreet Art Center. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art (Pennsylvania), Missoula Art Museum (Montana), Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (Iowa), and New Hampshire Institute of Art. His pottery has been selected for the Totally Teabowl exhibition in England, the Sydney Meyer Fund International Ceramic Award in Australia and The Salzbrand 2006 competition in Germany. The American Society of Ceramics awarded Jayson one of the “2005 Emerging Artists of the Year”.

From 2002-2006, Jayson was the Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula. He was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, and their Executive Director of the nonprofit sector of Lillstreet from 2010-2011. Jayson’s talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted him the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Italy and in the USA.

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STEVE YOUNG LEE

Steven Young Lee received his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. From 2004-2005, he lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China. While there, Lee created a new body of work as part of a one-year cultural and educational exchange fellowship in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province.

He has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, the Clay Art Center in New York and the Lillstreet Studio in Chicago, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation.

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JENNIFER LEUTZINGER

Jennifer Leutzinger was born in Texas, raised in Iowa, and has lived in Missoula since 1995. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1990, studied graphic design at the Art Institute of Seattle in 1993, and obtained a BFA in painting from the University of Montana in 2002. Jennifer currently divides her time between her gallery (The Brink Gallery), her studio, and her family.

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BETH LO

Beth Lo was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to parents who had recently immigrated from China.  She received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1971, and then studied Ceramics with Rudy Autio at the University of Montana receiving her MFA in 1974.  She assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics there when he retired in 1985, and was honored with the University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006.  Much of Beth’s ceramic and mixed media artwork revolves around issues of family and ethnicity. She has exhibited her work internationally, and has received numerous honors including the United States Artists Hoi Fellowship in 2009, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant in 1994, a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989 and an American Craft Museum Design Award in 1986.  Her recently published children’s book, co-written by her sister Ginnie Lo, entitled Mahjong All Day Long won the 2005 Marion Vannett Ridgeway Award.  Beth is also active as a bass player and vocalist for several musical ensembles including The Big Sky Mudflaps and Salsa Loca. 

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MAX MAHN

Max Mahn was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. Growing up in a very artistic family, Max has always had a strong interest in art. He is currently attending the University of Montana for his BFA in printmaking, primarily relief wood blocks and screen printing.

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PHIL MAHN

Philip Mahn was born and raised in Great Falls and currently lives in Missoula. His development as a potter has been through independent study, mentoring, and a variety of community ceramic studios like the Paris Gibson Square, The Clay Studio of Missoula, University of Montana, and the Archie Bray Foundation. His work is a collaboration of the intuitive interaction with clay and the embracement of the firing processes that make it uniquely ceramic.

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CATHRYN MALLORY

Cathryn Mallory is currently a Professor and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts for the School of Art at The University of Montana-Missoula. Originally from the Chicago area, she received her BFA in fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and MFA in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her work has been exhibited on a regional and national level.

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GEORGE METROPOULOS McCAULEY

George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 23 solo shows and has been included in 197 exhibitions. He has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his pottery and sculpture are included in international collections in 11 countries. In 2007 he was invited as a guest of the Chinese government to lecture and exhibit in conjunction with the International Teapot Exhibition in Zhugiagiao. After returning from China, he began work on his film "Archie C. Bray Jr.: Life at the Brickyard", which he completed in 2008. In 2009 he was chosen as one of nine ceramic artists from around the world to participate in the Kohila Wood fire Symposium in Estonia. In 2012 he traveled to Japan in order to complete work for two exhibitions of his wood fired ceramics and conduct workshops. In 2013 he premiered his film, Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects at the Arkansas Art Center. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, horse trainer, fulltime cowboy, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.

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LEANN McCLURG CAMBRIC

Raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Leanne received a B.F.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in 1997. In 2002 she received her M.F.A. at Louisiana State University. Leanne has exhibited all over the U.S. as well as being an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed. She was the Emerging Artist 2007 for NCECA, (National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts). She is surrounded by artists as her mother, step-father and husband all hold B.F.A.’s painting. She has two dogs, a cat, and a baby named Zen Leo.

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JACK METCALF

Jack Metcalf spent his youth knee deep in the sweating swamps of the southeast smearing the line of where illusion ends and reality begins. His creations emulate a diary of sorts. The work balances draftsman precision with an ambiguous blather of imagination, insight, and delight, presenting an internal conversation that is felt, but never fully comprehended. The work is playful, visually stimulating, and when tied to the stories behind each piece, also deeply personal. It may have humor, but it’s not to be taken lightly.

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RON MEYERS

Ron Meyers is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and received his MFA degree in Ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Ron's work is represented in many museum and private collections. He was a 2007 recipient of the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also been honored by the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN as the 2008 Regis Masters Series Honor. The Regis Masters Series pays tribute to senior artists that have had a major impact on the development of 20th and 21st ceramics in the United States.

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RYAN MITCHELL

Ryan Mitchell is a sculptor/painter and is a 2013-14 Resident artist at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Recently Ryan held the position of Resident Artist Director Of Da Wang Culture Highland, a center for the arts in Shenzhen, China. He received his MFA from the University of Montana in 2005. Ryan continued to reside in Missoula, Montana from 2005-2007 as a resident artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula. In 2007 he was a resident at Australia National University in Canberra. He participated as a resident artist at the LH Project in Joseph, Oregon in 2008 and 2009, and most currently in 2012. He was selected as one the first Americans to be an artist-in-resident at the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums in Xi'An, China. Ryan was also a resident artist at The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis (2010), receiving the 2010 McKnight mid-career residency fellowship.

While working in Montana, Ryan designed/built kilns, instructed ceramic courses/workshops, and shared a passion for the development of ceramics in the west states; Ryan now extends his contributive spirit globally to make significant contributions to the Arts and Culture in China. Ryan has curated or been featured as an artist in 8 exhibitions and has arranged for more than forty international artists to visit and create their art in China.

Ryan has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT), Bentley Projects (Phoenix, AZ), Plinth gallery (Denver, CO) and Lill Street Art Center (Chicago, Il). He is represented by The Nevica Project and Art Spirit Gallery.

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ANDREA MOON

Andrea Moon grew up in Northwest Ohio and began making in clay at a production pottery company, Packer Creek Pottery. She attended college at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio receiving her BFA in 3-Dimensional Studies. In 2009 Andrea completed her MFA in Ceramics and a secondary in Sculpture at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Among teaching classes at various institutions, participating in national workshops and exhibitions, Andrea has completed a year long Artist-In-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 2011 and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana 2012. Presently, Andrea has joined the Red Lodge Clay Center staff as the Residency and Communications Coordinator and will reside in Red Lodge, Montana.

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COURTNEY MURPHY

Courtney first began working with clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland to study
Ceramics at Oregon College of Art & Craft. After finishing school in Portland, Courtney returned to the east as a Resident Artist at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts. She then moved west once again, to Helena, MT where she completed a two year residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. Courtney is currently an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Her designs are influenced by simplified abstractions of nature, children’s artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, patterns and textiles, as well as lots of books on ceramics and design. She is compelled by the variation found in handmade objects and likes the personal connection that they help to create as they leave her studio to become part of somebody’s daily routine.

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RICHARD NOTKIN

Richard Notkin is a full-time studio artist who lives and works in Helena, Montana.  He received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 1973.  Richard has worked mainly in ceramics for over forty-one years, averaging over one solo exhibition per year.  His series of Yixing (China) inspired teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in more than 60 public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan.  He has held visiting artist positions and conducted over 300 workshops throughout the world. Among his awards, Richard has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.  In 2008, Notkin was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and was also awarded a USA Hoi Fellowship by the United States Artist Foundation.

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JILL OBERMAN

Jill Oberman is currently the Executive Director of the Carbondale Clay Center in Carbondale, Colorado. She has worked as the Executive Director of the Clay Studio of Missoula, the Programs and Administration Director at the Archie Bray Foundation, and the studio manager of the ceramics program at the Anderson Ranch Art Center.

Jill earned her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts in Rochester, New York, and her BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She has been a resident artist at numerous art institutions, notably the Anderson Ranch, the Archie Bray Foundation, and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. While in her studio Jill focuses on creating minimal, architectural ceramic sculptures that have been widely exhibited throughout the United States, as well as sharing her passion of ceramics through conversation with anyone and everyone who will listen.

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LARRY PHAN

Larry Phan completed a two year artist residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana in 2011. Prior to that, he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture from Northern Arizona University. From 2011-2013, Larry was a ceramics instructor and technician at San Juan College in Farmington, NM. He is currently attending the MFA program in Ceramics at MSU Bozeman.

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CARLA POTTER

After spending most of her life in Alaska, a long term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005 shook Carla Potter loose from the hold of that vast domain. Inspired by her residency at the Archie Bray she went to the University of Nebraska
Lincoln to get her MFA.

Carla spent 15 years presenting workshops in the public school system in Alaska. She has been a teacher and presenter in many collaborative projects that involve the public and institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and the Sheldon Art Museum in Nebraska. Carla has shown her artwork extensively around the states of Alaska and Montana. Since her time at the Archie Bray she has pursued a national audience and has been part of many
exhibitions across the country.

Working from her studio in Helena, Potter uses hand building techniques and works primarily with porcelain. Her work has taken a dramatic shift from the exuberant colorful sculptures inspired by her Alaskan environment to making delicate unglazed porcelain vessels and figurines that weave her own personal narrative with her experience of nature, Catholicism and the history of European art.

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JOSH QUICK

Josh Quick is a Missoula based illustrator and designer. Josh designs, draws and tells stories through pictures. Ever since he can remember, he owned a sketchbook, sharpener and drawing pencils. When he was young, his parents built theirr house, pouring the foundation, erecting walls and installing windows around him. He sat at the table drawing faces, monsters, animals, and scenes from movies.

Josh’s work is instantly recognizable, personal, original, and professional. The pieces he create may include the following: custom typography, stylized illustration, hand drawn brush and ink strokes, comic strips, dynamic color schemes, and catchy concepts.

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JAZMINE RAYMOND

Jazmine is the Outreach Coordinator at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She likes to make things. She likes to talk about making things. She wants you to like making things. She has a BFA in visual arts from Bennington College in Vermont. Sheís from Missoula Montana.

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ALISON REINTJES

Alison Reintjes first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. She has completed additional residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, AKAR Gallery, Museu de Ceramica de l'Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Lill Street Art Center and the Northern Clay Center. Alison currently has a site specific installation at the Missoula Art Museum entitled DoubleColumn.

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BRANDON REINTJES

Brandon Reintjes has concentrated most aspects of his life on creating art and celebrating art made by others. Though he works as Curator of Art at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, University of Montana, he maintains a regular studio practice. He recently participated in The Last Best Printfest at the Zootown Arts Community Center and a regional survey of painters at Turman Larison Contemporary in Helena. He received his undergraduate degree in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MA in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville. He publishes articles in Surface Design Association Journal, the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Journal and is currently working on an article about the ceramist Beth Lo for Ceramics Art & Perception.  

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RICHARD SHAW

In the world of contemporary ceramics, Richard Shaw is the master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture. He has developed an astonishing array of techniques, including perfectly cast porcelain objects and overglaze transfer decals. By combining the commonplace with the whimsical, the humorous with the mundane, Shaw captures the poetic and the surreal with the sensibility of a comedian.

Shaw is one of the most respected and collected artists in contemporary ceramics. He came out of the San Francisco Bay Area art scene in the late 1960’s and he continues to add to his skills and appropriate from mass culture. He has developed a vocabulary of found objects that form intimate still life sculptures, complex figures, and personally referential assemblages. He brings life to the detritus of the studio, as a cartoonist animates the page.

Richard Shaw has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions since 1967, and his work is included in major museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He recently retired from his Professor of Art Practice position at UC Berkeley.

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KAREN SHIMODA

Karen Shimoda is both an editor and visual artist, often incorporating text into her visual work. She is largely self-taught in the disciplines of drawing, printmaking, collage, and painting. Poetry and the natural world are her strongest inspirations, from which she elicits rhythm and pattern. Karen has exhibited in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, and Washington. In 2013, she presented her solo exhibition, From What I Gather, at the Poetry Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In 2011, Karen was awarded an artist residency at Jentel in Banner, Wyoming. In April 2014, she will return to Wyoming to attend the Brush Creek residency in Saratoga. Karen lives and works in Missoula, Montana.

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JEFFREY SINCICH

Jeffrey Sincich received a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2012. He was born and raised in Belleair, Florida. He has assisted workshops at several craft schools around the country. He presented a lecture on mixed media in ceramics at the NCECA conference in Seattle in 2012. Following this, Jeffrey embarked on a bicycle tour from Portland, OR to San Francisco, CA with the help of the NCECA Regina Brown Fellowship Grant, doing research on the tourism and culture in the area. He then completed a summer residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula in 2012. He currently maintains a studio practice in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife Roxanne and their dog Woody Guthrie.

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DAVID SCOTT SMITH

David Scott Smith is originally from Spokane, WA. He has lived for extended periods of time in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University and worked for several years at Southern Louisiana University and Flathead Valley Community College teaching ceramics and 3-D design. He currently teaches ceramics at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

David has been featured numerous times in Ceramics Monthly magazine, including the article David Scott Smith: A Bricolage of Light.

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RICHARD SMITH

Richard Smith is a wood fired ceramic artist.  He serves as a board member for the Clay Studio of Missoula.  Richard and his wife, Edie, own Missoula Physical Therapy, Inc.

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CHAD STEVE

Chad Steve received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has worked as an adjunct professor and lab technician at the University of Hawaii. Recently, he was selected to participate in the ICMEA (International Ceramic Magazine Editors Association) 2013 Emerging Artist Competition in Fuping, China. Chad is currently a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Concerned with innovation and function Chad treats each piece as a small sculpture. With consideration of line, mass, and balance he finds an arrangement that displays a strong visual presence within each piece. Constructing both sculptural and utilitarian ceramics, Chad is most intrigued by the way we connected and interact with objects in our daily lives.

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JOSH STOVER

Josh Stover is a ceramic artist and illustrator from St. Petersburg, Florida. He completed his BFA at the University of Florida where he majored in Ceramics. After graduating, he was a Fogelberg artist in residence for one year at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. currently, he is an artist in residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL.

Josh makes functional ceramic objects with narrative surface illustrations. As an artist he draws inspiration from his family, his childhood, folk art, hand painted signs, the great outdoors and children’s books that he enjoyed when he was a kid.

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LEE STUURMANS

Lee Stuurmans lives with one cat named Louie and considers him to be an equal in many respects. He avoids experiencing his life through hierarchical standards, hyperbole, or banal and oversimplified dualities. He also avoids going out into public or seeing other people whenever possible. He’d like to imagine that earlier today after breakfast, Louie invited Lee to read Margaret Atwood novels until lunch, together, as equals. Lee also produces various ceramic objects meant for delight or other such activities.

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MONICA THOMPSON

Monica Thompson lives and works in Missoula, Montana. She studied Textiles and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and studied Fibers at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. Her work strives for simplicity in design and purity in process. Monica teaches Elementary Art in the Missoula County Public Schools.

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which Patricia’s ideas, life stories, and observations take form. She works with a wide range of two-dimensional media, including installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography depending on the needs of the piece. Her approach to making art is process based, experimental, and playful. While working and creating iconography Patricia confronts how things should be made, what she believes in and why. She enjoys scribbling, scratching, and erasing as well as allowing delicately rendered lines and shapes as they come.

Patricia combines a personal inventory of imagery, images appropriated from past and present, and images from popular culture, with an innate sense of silliness, optimism, anger, confusion and/or guilt. Lastly, when making art pieces she is drawn to inexpensive, reusable materials for two reasons. One is her concern for the environment; and secondly, being resourceful and thrifty was a vital part of her upbringing, coming from a financially challenged family. Both are now deeply ingrained into her psyche.

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TIM T. THORNTON

Tim T. Thornton was born and raised in Los Angeles California. He began drawing at an early age. In grade school and in high school, his teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic interests, and in 1984 he graduated from the California College of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on drawing.

After leaving art school, he found full time employment as a scene painter in Hollywood, painting sets for film, television and theater. Tim was later hired by the University of California at Berkeley as the charge scenic artist for the Performing Arts program. In 2005 he relocated to Montana with his artist wife, Patricia, where they have made a home in the supportive and lively community that is Missoula. His large scale paintings are in several local collections, and have been featured in the Missoula Art Museum’s annual auction.

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PHOEBE TOLAND

Toland was born in 1952 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York (1975) and an MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana (1983). She has received numerous awards, including the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship (2005). Her work is closely connected to architecture, responding to urban sprawl and rapid growth in cities-issues that are indicative of community dynamics as an expression of larger systems or networks.

Toland says "My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work."

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SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. In 2007, she moved from her longtime home of Oakland, CA to participate in a long-term residency at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She currently maintains a studio in the historic Brunswick Building in downtown Missoula.

Additionally, Shalene has participated in summer artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She currently serves as the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has taught at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft,and various art centers in Montana and California. Shalene has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities and her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally.

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MIKEY WALSH

Mikey Walsh received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and her MFA from NYSCC at Alfred. She has held teaching positions at Massachusetts College of Art, the University of Georgia, the University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of California-Davis in addition to instructing at numerous alternative-learning venues such as Haystack School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Arrowmont and Santa Fe Clay. currently, Mikey is an Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her sculptural ceramic work is exhibited internationally and is also featured in the publication The Figure in Clay by Lark Books.

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KURT WEISER

Kurt Weiser was born in 1950 in Lansing Michigan. He studied ceramics under Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1972-76 and then completed an MFA at the University of Michigan. In 1988, after a stint as Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, Weiser started teaching ceramics at Arizona State University, where he has held the position of Regents' Professor of Art since August 2000.

His work has been acquired by many institutions around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and Institute of Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, and the Carnegie Mellon University.

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JANET WHALEY

Janet Whaley's images are from personal and traditional mythologies depicting images imagined and not imagined. She has continued to explore the subjects of aging, birth and rebirth, and relationships. She expresses this by blending her own personal experiences with myths and fairy tales and images from nature, expanding from the personal to the archetypal.

Born in Idaho and raised in Missoula, Janet started her art studies at the University of Montana in 1966. After a time, she switched gears and began a twenty-six year career in nursing. During this time, she continued her art studies and received an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana in 1996.

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ROSALIE WYNKOOP

Rosalie Wynkoop is currently a studio artist working in Bozeman, MT. She spent 14 years as a resident artist at Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. She received BA degrees in Art Education and English Literature at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana and a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. She has taught numerous workshops on majolica techniques around the country and exhibited her work nationally. She received an Artist’s Fellowship Award from the Montana Arts Council in 1999. Her work appears in many publications including A Ceramic Continuum, Cups, Pitchers, Best of Pottery books I and II and Susan Peterson’s, The Craft and Art of Clay.

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TARA WILSON

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her work has been exhibited internationally.

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KENSUKE YAMADA

Kensuke Yamada is a Japanese born maker, educated in the US at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA and at the University of Montana receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed, ME, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR, Clay Studio Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, and a guest artist/adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Kensuke is now a visiting artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/ Adjunct faculty member at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works.

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CASEY ZABLOCKI

Casey Zablocki was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. He received his BFA from Finlandia University and studied ceramic design in Kuopio, Finland. He spent one year working and studying as an apprentice to Peter Callas and as a special student at Montana State. He has showed in both national and international exhibitions. Casey is currently the Woodfire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Casey believes in form and function, craft and industry, which all need to be considered to create a balance in beauty. Knowing beauty is just a perception that allows him to use clay as a natural vehicle to transport his ideas. Casey’s ideas are influenced by his past and present surroundings. He finds acceptance that each idea will not be successful and believes if he continues the process of creating, his perception of success will change. Casey finds wood firing to be the most efficient artistic tool in finishing his work.

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JOHN ZIMMERMAN

John Zimmerman received his BFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University in California. His work has been exhibited nationally in 50+ solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Zimmerman has taught ceramics at the University of Louisville, Florida Atlantic University and is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art & Director of the Ingham Chapman Gallery at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He has recently participated in a variety of artist residencies including a summer residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula (MT) in 2011, a year-long artist residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (TX) in 2012 and a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT) in 2013.

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LILLY ZUCKERMAN

Lilly Zuckerman is from Pittsburgh and grew up nearby in rural Greensburg, PA. The ground there has deposits of sticky orange clay and so her richly colored clay not only holds the vast history of earthenware ceramics but also that of her home.

In 2010 Lilly received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics with an Art History minor from Penn State University in University Park, PA. While at Penn State she was funded to conduct research in Morocco about contemporary ceramics. The country’s architecture of adobe houses, diverse geology from the Sahara Desert to the Atlas Mountains, and the unglazed earthenware cooking vessels continue to be strong influences on her work. Lilly Zuckerman recently completed a summer residency at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and a residency at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO. She is currently a resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, MT. Lilly will be pursuing her MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Fall 2014.

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HOW POTSKETCH WORKS:

Bid Online

You are able to bid online by clicking PLACE BID on this web page and filling out the required information. You will receive a Proxy number for your bids. Once you have registered to bid, click PLACE BID and your bid will be sent to our office e-mail address at info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org, an office attendant will then register your bid.

Proxy Bids: By using a proxy, the Clay Studio of Missoula can confidentially bid for you up to the maximum price you set. This way you don't have to keep an eye on your auction as it unfolds. Be assured that we will only use as much of your maximum bid as is necessary to maintain your position as high bidder. If your bid prevails, the final price might even be less than your maximum! E-mail bids will be accepted through 5pm MDT, Friday, April 25, 2014. Proxy bids may be accepted for Live Auction works as well.

Contact the office to make arrangements once you have decided the maximum you are willing to pay by calling (406) 543-0509 or emailing info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or problems.

 

PICK-UP OR DELIVERY OF ACQUISITIONS. For those unable to attend the closing celebration, artwork will be available for pickup or shipment after April 28, 2014. Those requesting shipment will have to make arrangements with the studio. It will be shipped via Fed Ex with insurance up to the selling value. The buyer will be responsible for shipping and handling.

Bid in Person

The minimum bid for all POTSKETCHES is $50 and increases in increments of $10. We use assigned proxy numbers to identify bidders. Bids can be made at the Clay Studio of Missoula beginning April 4, and at the POTSKETCH Opening Reception through April 25.

The Clay Studio is located at 1106 Hawthorne, Unit A
Our phone number is 406.543.0509

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POTSKETCH 2014 EVENT & AUCTION
Saturday April 26, 2014, 6-10pm
University Center North Ballroom, University of Montana

The evening includes live music by the Discount Quartet, beverages, great spirits and an opportunity to make final bids on POTSKETCHES and one-of-a-kind ceramic works auctioned off by Mayor John Engen.

It is best to order tickets in advance at the Clay Studio of Missoula, by phone (406.543.0509) or email info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. You can also purchase tickets by filling out the form in the link below and mailing in your payment (mailed ticket requests due April 19). If the event is not sold out prior, you may purchase tickets the night of the event

Tickets prices purchased by April 11:
Member prices are $40/person
Non-members are $45/person

Ticket prices purchased April 12-April 26:
$50/person

Tables of ten for $400 are available on request.

Contributing artists receive one non-transferrable complimentary ticket.
Click here for the form to purchase tickets by mail



Hope to see you there!

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POTSKETCH history

In 2004, Jayson Lawfer (former Clay Studio Executive Director) designed and created POTSKETCH. It was conceived as a fundraiser to further develop and expand The Clay Studio of Missoulaís facilities. Jayson, Mike Kurz (Clay Studio Board President), and the rest of the Board of Directors wanted to incorporate local, national and international artists in a unique fundraiser. Because most artists draw, the idea to invite artists to take 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours to draw a pot or an image that has had an impact on them seemed novel. To facilitate this, The Clay Studio board and staff selected a group of artists and sent out packages including a 5"x5" piece of Italian paper, a pencil, and a return mailer and asked the artists to donate an original work. By including the materials with the invitation it was the Studios intention to make it easy for these artists, but they also encouraged them to manipulate the material and use any medium they were comfortable with including ink, paint, wax, etc.

Well, the results were outstanding. Within a matter of days, the first drawings began arriving - Warren MacKenzie, then Akio Takamori, and the list of artists who participated kept going. The generosity and companionship from artists around the world was deeply felt. In its first fundraising year, The Clay Studio of Missoula was able to auction these drawings and raise $11,000. Now, in our ninth year, the artists' work has arrived with remarkable presence. This year's artists include past participants as well as many new submissions, and have arrived from America, Canada, Denmark and Germany.

View our POTSKETCH archives:

POTSKETCH 2011

POTSKETCH 2010

POTSKETCH 2009

POTSKETCH 2008

 

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